The PSDP administrative office is located at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. The Program Office coordinates application and evaluation materials, arranges all meetings for the PSDP fellows and committees, and is charged with day-to-day management of the PSDP and its budgets. Fellows’ salaries and expenses are administered as subcontracts through their approved training institutions.
The PSDP is advised by a national Steering Committee which sets the program policies. Its members include representatives of The Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) and the funding agencies.
- The Steering Committee members are assigned to one of two subcommittees:
- The Selection Committee, which may also include faculty not on the steering committee who are represent scientific fields related to that of the applicants
- The Evaluation Committee, which reviews the Program’s effectiveness in terms of the PSDP fellows’ training and career development.
PSDP committee members are available to advise fellows throughout the training period. In addition, PSDP Fellows and their mentors submit yearly progress reports to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee uses this information to monitor the fellows’ continued academic development and to ensure the continued commitment of the sponsoring departments.
The Program Evaluation Steering Committee members also review the fellows’ career development at the annual PSDP meeting, held in conjunction with the AMSPDC annual meeting, usually in late February/early March.
- First-year Fellows receive individual advising.
- Second-year Fellows undergo interviews and Committee members work with them to identify areas of concern.
- Third-year Fellows also undergo interviews and Committee members work with them to identify areas of concern.
- All Fellows attend career development workshops that cover important topics such as mentorship, grant proposal preparation, personal-professional balance, and effective negotiation.
- Second-year fellows present posters of their research.
- Third-year fellows present brief oral summaries of their research to an audience of pediatric department chairs and residents.